Pre-Camp Testing


For the safety of all participants in The Painted Turtle’s in-person programs, Camp will require all staff and volunteers to complete a PCR COVID-19 test prior to being onsite or in-person for the Camp program. In-person programs include Limited Family Days and Camp on the Move.

About the test:

  • The Painted Turtle has partnered with Vault Health for COVID-19 testing.
  • TPT will mail an at-home COVID-19 test kit to all confirmed volunteers.
  • All tests will be supervised via a Zoom call by a TPT administrator. Volunteers will be sent a link to sign up for an appointment time.
  • Tests must be taken 3-5 days in advance of the in-person camp session. For Limited Family Days, tests must be taken between Monday-Wednesday in advance of the Saturday Limited Family Day program.
  • After a test sample is taken, the sample must be dropped off, same day at a UPS location. Please plan accordingly. Research your local UPS drop off locations and collection times.  UPS Stores will typically result in faster shipping than a UPS drop box. To find your local UPS location, visit:
  • A negative test result must be received prior to your arrival to camp.
  • A positive or inconclusive test result will disqualify you from participating in the Camp session.

Taking the test:

  • Create a Vault Testing Account. Go to
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke 30 minutes before the test.
  • Read the blue instruction card and do not open the test tube kit prior to the Zoom call.
  • A TPT administrator will guide you through collecting saliva in the tube.
  • Once complete, pack up your test sample and ship the kit back to Vault Health via UPS using the shipping label provided.
  • You will get a report of your results 48 hours after your sample arrives at the lab.
  • The Painted Turtle will automatically receive a copy of your test results.
  • You may view Vault Health’s video of how to take the COVID-19 Saliva Test here